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DC Direct Action News
Sep 22, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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Shortened video from two longer clips by Ford Fischer. Early AM on Sep 22, Extinction Rebellion DC sank a mock house in the Tidal Basin to dramatize the effects of rising sea levels. Park Police arrested their swimmer who allegedly guided the house for "operating a vessel without a permit. That house is not a boat, but boats will soon be needed by DC residents if climate chaos keeps pushing up sea levels https://twitter.com/FordFischer/status/1440671694230675468?s=20
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Extinction Rebellion, climate change
DC Direct Action News
Sep 22, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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At Noon on the 22nd of September, Truist Bank had planned to evict unhoused people from the plaza at 18th and Columbia Road and fence the area off. They got an unpleasant surprise: activists were holding the plaza, and the delay allowed city officials to call them out for attempting to build the fence without a permit. Had the fence been up before the inspectors arrived it would probably have been allowed to stay. This is but one of many places in DC where unhoused people now stay, and...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Truistracist, divesttruist, Truist, Adams-Morgan, Adams-Morgan...
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Video originally uploaded to Twitter by NAKASEC of Welcome Back Congress march outside ICE headquarters, chanting "Abolish ICE!" On the 21st of September, thousands of migrants and supporters marched on the US Capitol. On the way they made a pit stop at ICE headquarters, demanding ICE be abolished entirely. Biden is facing considerable pushback for his Trump-style campaign of deportations, most recently of Haitians. Demands were listed as "Congress must deliver a path to...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, ICE, Welcome Back Congress
DC Direct Action News
Sep 19, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 18th of September, hundreds of Trump supporters (MAGAts) and assorted fascists held their so-called "justice for J6" rally in front of the US Capitol. Huge numbers of cops protected the Capitol from them, and them from the general public. One counterprotest was held up close, and a larger one at Freedom Plaza Either the small, up-close counterprotest or possibly a pair of Black right-wingers (this is unclear) were eventually pushed back by police in what looked like a kettle,...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, US Capitol, J6, Justice for J6
DC Direct Action News
Sep 14, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the evening of September 13, protesters descended on the home of US Supreme Court "Justice" Kavanaugh. The protesters were infuriated by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Texas ban on abortion after 6 weeks and demanded that Kavanaugh resign from the Supreme Court.
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Kavanaugh, abortion rights
DC Direct Action News
Sep 13, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 12th of September, Code Pink launched the "Cut the Pentagon: campaign to redirect money away from the Pentagon and to other priorities. They held a rally in Lafayette Sq with a cake symbolizing both the Pentagon and the budget, which was literally cut and served out to participants. This was followed by a march out to McPherson Square, this clearing out of the White House area before the extreme-right activists from the "let us worship" event which had reassembled at the...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Code Pink, Pentagon funding
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Video posted by  StonieFlix to Twitter of protest INSIDE the DC "Metro" (subway system) after rally demanding a NO vote on a proposal to expand Metro Transit Police powers. Background: On Sep 7, Black Lives Matter and transit activists rallied at Columbia Heights Civic Plaza to demand that the WMATA (Metro) board vote NO on the proposal to expand Metro police powers. This vote originally scheduled for July 29 was postponed to Sep 9 after WMATA board member Tom Bulger received a...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, WMATA, Metro Transit Police, Black Lives Matter
DC Direct Action News
Sep 4, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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Since the police murder of An'Twan Gilmore MPD has not stopped killing. Thus, the name of George Watson had to be added to An'Twan Gilmore's name for the planned Friday night march against MPD. This time around, marchers headed into the crowded U st dining and bar corridor for maximum visibility. Video includes march near start, Nellie's Sports Bar getting booed, an "out of the bars, into the streets" segment, circling up at 14th and U, and fireworks rising over the march back to the...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Black Lives Matter, An'Twan Gilmore, George Watson
DC Direct Action News
Aug 30, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 30th of August, climate activists sought to board up and sandbag four notorious corporate lobbying offices, as though a hurricane had hit them. The first target was caught undefended and MPD was late. This was the day after Hurricane Ida smashed into New Orleans, which was exactly 16 years after Katrina. Since this was a symbolic action and not a heavy direct action, only one board was deployed at each target, and at Crossroads where activists got it onto the door it was simply...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, climate activism, climate change, Crossroads Strategies, Alpine...
DC Direct Action News
Aug 29, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 28th of August, after a long day of voting rights marches, marchers again assembled at NY Ave and FL Ave NE for An'Twan Gilmore. After a feint downtown, marchers headed E on NY Ave and descended on MPD's 5D headquarters. When they got there, cops stood wall to wall to defend their precinct but avoided a fight. Possibly they know they are guilty and don't want to trigger further unrest. The march began with a 7PM rally at NY Ave and FL Ave, and did not end until returning to the same site...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Black Lives Matter, MPD, An-Twan Gilmore
DC Direct Action News
Aug 28, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 27th of August, the final scheduled Boycott Nellie's Block Party took place in front of nearly empty Nellie's Sports Bar. The boycott itself continues: the previous night, Nellie''s owner Doug refused to show up at a community listening session he had previously agreed to attend. The block parties have been once a week, but random checks have found Nellie's similarly empty every night.Doug could have ended all this, but instead he chose to "pull away the football" by first...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Nellie's Sports Bar, Black Lives Matter
DC Direct Action News
Aug 27, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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 On August 25, MPD cops shot and killed An'Twan Gilmore as he tried to drive away after being confronted for sleeping in his car at NY Ave and FL Ave NE. The following night, furious protesters assembled at the same spot and held a confrontational march down FL Ave into town. Any police cars caught in the march were instantly surrounded and heckled. Cops backed off from confronting these marchers, presumably for fear of causing it to blow all the way up. As the official march ended at Ga Ave...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Black Lives Matter, BLM, An'Twan Gilmore
DC Direct Action News
Aug 26, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 26th of August, climate protesters took over the streets of downtown Rockville, including Rt 28, one of two main roads. After a march through the center of town and past Richard Montgomery High School, marchers returned to nearly the starting point. There, moving the "eco-village" props into the street provided cover for young activists to set up the real blockade. Five young activists and two staying with them in solidarity were arrested.
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, climate change, Rockville
DC Direct Action News
Aug 24, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 23ed of August, protesters against Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline descended on Washington DC. At first this looked like yet another "snake march" but it soon became apparent these protesters had a special target: Biden's Chief of Staff Ron Klain, who can most likely kill off Line 3 with a stroke of a pen. A protracted protest at his house lasted until around 10PM, when 24 water protectors were arrested(the arrests are not on this video). All arrestees were out by sometime after...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Stop Line 3, Enbridge, Line 3, Ron Klain
DC Direct Action News
Aug 22, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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Shortly after dark on the 21st of August, Decarcerate DC again showed up at the DC Jail to hold a noise demo in solidarity with ALL the prisoners trapped inside. Demands are nothing less than the closure of DC Jail and every other jail and prison on the continent and the release of every last inmate. Prison abolition means exactly that. All of this is in opposition to proposals to build a new (and no doubt larger) DC Jail somewhere in the city. If this occurs, courts will quickly order more...
Topics: dcdirectactionews, Iron Snowflake, DC Jail, Decarcerate DC, prison abolition
DC Direct Action News
Aug 21, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 13th of August, someone sympathetic to Nellies stabbed out a protester's bicycle tire with a knife. The following Friday (Aug 20), many more protesters were outside Nellie's on bikes, showing the futility of this attack. Doug (owner of Nellies) is also starting to see the futility of defying the community and has agreed to a listening session on Thursday, Aug 26. These protests have been through many suprises: the initial snowplow attack weeks ago, cops muscling in on space used by...
Topics: dcdirectactiionnews, Iron Snowflake, BoycottNellies, BLM, Black Lives Matter
DC Direct Action News
Aug 14, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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Continuing rain after thunderstorms did NOT stop boycott Nellie's protesters from descending on 9th and U st. Protests over Keisha being dragged down the stairs on Pride weekend are going into their 3ed month.
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Black Lives Matter, Nellie's Sports Bar
DC Direct Action News
Aug 13, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 13th of August, Stop Line 3(Enbridge) protesters showed up at downtown branches of Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase Bank, Citibank, and TD ("Tar Dollar") Bank. At several of the branches protesters succeeded in getting an unmarked team inside to deliver documents about what exactly these banks have been funding. One way to kill the Black Snake is to starve it out, to cut off its access to money by making toxic pipelines just too toxic for any bank to touch. The Aug 13...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Line 3, Enbridge, Black Snake, Bank of America, Wells Fargo
DC Direct Action News
Aug 13, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On August 11, the DC Bike Parties returned to their traditional 2nd Wed of every month rides that depart Dupont Circle at 8PM. This was after a special July 16th ride on the anniversary of the first DC Bike Party.
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, DC Bike Party, biking, cycling, bicycling
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Aug 11, 2021 Casa4all
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4 second clip originally posted to Twitter by Casa4all On the 10th of August and under intense heat, migrants protested at the headquarters of ICE against deportations that have continued unabated under the Biden regime. Mijante's promo for the rally declared "When it comes to enforcement, ICE & DHS must value people, not priorities/deportation The ICE guidelines MUST be reframed to center human dignity."
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, migration, ICE
DC Direct Action News
Aug 10, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 9th of August, activists opposing fracked gas pipelines and eminent domain for corporate profit locked themselves to construction equipment at a Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site near I-81. The lockdown held for 8 hours, probably ending the working day on the pipeline A total of 10 protesters locked down, backed by nearly 100 more protesters on the site. While cops didn't have too much trouble marching the support team to the other side of the road, it took over 4 hours for the...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, MVP, Mountain Valley Pipeline, pipelines, fracking
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Aug 7, 2021 Alejandro Alvarez
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Video by Alejandro Alvarez of civil disobedience at National Airport for voting rights legislation. On the 6th of August, voting rights protesters marched from the MLK Memoral to National Airport, then blocked roads at the airport. They were seeking to make it more difficult for members of Congress to leave town for vacation without finishing their work on voting rights legislation.There were 26 reported arrests.
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron snowflake, voting rights
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On the 2nd of August, the Poor People's Campaign's "Moral Mondays" string of voting rights protests culminated in a major civil disobedience centered on the Hart Senate Office Building. Hundreds were arrested outside after the Capitol Police refused to let them enter the building. The demands of the protests were to totally restore the original Voting Rights Act, pass all provisions of the For the People act(voting rights), end the filibuster so as to make this possible at all, and...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Poor People's Campaign, Moral Mondays, voting rights
DC Direct Action News
Aug 1, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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At midnight beginning Aug 1, the national (not the DC local) moratorium on evictions (due to covid) expired. At the same time, protesters held a rally on the steps of the US Capitol demanding extension of the moratorium. The Supreme Court had decreed that Biden needs an act of Congress to extend it. Housing activists are demanding that an extension of the eviction moratorium be included in any infrastructure bill that emerges from Congress. Some of them are now sleeping at the US Capitol until...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, evictions, eviction moratorium
DC Direct Action News
Jul 31, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 30th of July, Boycott Nellie's protesters showed up for the 7th week since Keisha was dragged down the stairs over Pride weekend. The bar was open but sparsely attended. During the protest, snowplows summoned by MPD tried to clear the intersection, one of them coming in straignt-on and honking while others flanked. The plows were halted by advancing protesters and the attack failed. Snowplows are commonly used to keep car ramming attacks out of major public events, but it was generally...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, protest, police attack, vehicular attack, Boycott Nellies,...
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On the 29th of July, Extinction Rebellion DC held an evening "truth blasting parade" in traffic. The march demanded that Biden's administraton reject new oil and gas pipelines such as Enbridge's Line 3 project. As the march proceeded through Adams-Morgan and surrounding areas, Indigenous folks in town from the earlier Totem Pole delivery event noticed the march and some joined in. This was seen as solidarity with hard-pressed Indigneous campaigns against the pipelines, where police...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, pipelines, Enbridge Line 3, Extinction Rebellion
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On July 29, the House of Tears Carvers and their allies arrived on the National Mall, bringing a totem pole and ending a journey of thousands of miles. The totem pole was delivered to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, who spoke at the rally and to the Biden administration. Later speakers demanded that the construction of Enbridge Line 3 and other trespassing pipelines be stopped, and fossil fuel extraction be ended. Video is of Ojibwe elder's speech detailing the many ways Enbridge's Line...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Chippewa, Ojibwe, Enbridge Line 3
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Jul 30, 2021 John Zangas
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Raw Video shot by John Zangas of the situation at the DC Jail when fascists and MAGAts (Trump supporters) showed up at DC Jail on July 17 2021. They were there to protest rough treatment their folks detained there have gotten as payback for the rough treatment the Capitol and its defenders got on Jan 6. Not suprisingly, white nationalists held in a jail where both inmates and guards are people of color are having a tough time. One can and should ask what concern is this to the Left, the answer...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, MAGAts, Trump, Jan 6, Capitol Insurrection
DC Direct Action News
Jul 28, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On Thursday, July 29, Metro's board will vote YES or NO on giving Metro Transit Police power to bar anyone merely accused of a variety of offenses from riding Metro for a prolonged period. On the evening of July 27, furious Black Lives Matter protesters showed up at the fancy Upper NW home of Metro board member Tom Bulger, who can kill the proposal by voting NO. Protesters cited ACLU studies indicating this proposal would lead to more police stops of Black and Brown riders, and would block...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, transit, Metro, WMATA, Tom Bulgar, Black Lives Matter, police,...
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C-span video of the press conference THROWING IN THE TOWEL On the 27th of July, reps Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, and several others from the MAGAt wing of the GOP attempted to hold a press conference in front of the Dept of Justice concerning the January 6 assault on the US Capitol and apparently on ensuing legal cases. Anti-Trump protesters shut them down cold, forcing an end to the press conference.
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Jan 6, Capitol insurrection, insurrection, Marjorie Taylor...
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Jul 24, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the evening of Friday, July 23, Boycott Nellies protesters returned to 9th and U, the bar having been open since the previous Sunday. This time around, ATV and dirt bike riders provided a thunderous finale in front of the near-empty bar. All the partying was in the streets. At about 8:30PM, Nellies remained nearly empty as crowds began building at other bars.This pattern held for the entire duration of the protest: a vigorous party in the street, while Nellies sat mostly empty, a few...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Boycott Nellies, Black Lives Matter
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On the 19th of July, the second of a sequence of "Moral Mondays" protests by the Poor People's Campaign included a major civil disobedience and dozens of arrests at a blockade on 1st st NE by the US Capitol. Demands included an end to the filibuster,  full restoration of the 1965 Voting Rights act, new Federal voting rights legislation, and an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. This entirely nonviolent civil disobedience was quite the contrast to the brutal battles fought...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, voting rights, Poor Peoples Campaign, Moral Mondays
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Jul 18, 2021 Chuck Modi
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Chuck Modi's twitter video of a July 14 protest and human chain blockade of Nellie's Sports Bar after they attempted a "soft reopening." People are still furious about Nellie's former security guards dragging Keisha down the stairs during Pride weekend. The Friday protests were back on July 16, and on July 17 Nellies was closed, though the TV's were on and staffers inside. The July 14th protest was a rapid response protest, hurredly organized after someone noticed Nellies was staging...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Nellie's Sports Bar
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Jul 10, 2021 Romy Starks
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On the 4th of July, activists gathered at BLM Plaza, then marched through town on a "Fuck July 4, demand Black Liberation" Platform. Marchers also emphasized in chants that the US is stolen land and thus nothing to celebrate. Video is two clips cut from longer videos shot by Romy Starks and originally uploaded to Twitter
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, July 4th, stolen land
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Jul 3, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 2nd of July, BLM and HIPS activists once again blocked off 9th and U in front of Nellies Sports Bar. Nellies is now under investigation by both the DC atty general and the liquor board for that infamous dragging of a Black woman down the stairs With Nellie's again missing a weekend of packed bars and lines out the door on U st, the money they are losing alone may be enough to sink them. If not, their liquor license is now in jeopardy and even outright criminal charges for that vicious...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Nellies Sports Bar, HIPS, BLM, DC Black Lives
DC Direct Action News
Jun 30, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 30th of June, activists summoned forth by frontline Indigenous activists blockaded most vehicle entrances to the White House. At 15th and Penn, one of the blockades locked to a mock oil derrick and a mock windmill. Other blockades featured a kayak with a lockbox,a Mountain Valley Pipeline specific blockade, the Black Snake visiting the White House (17th and Penn), and more. Activists demanded the cancellation of Enbridge Line 3 and the Mountain Valley Pipeline by name, and of all other...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, water is life, pipelines, indigenous, Line 3, Mountain Valley...
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Jun 29, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 28th of June, Sunrise Movement descended on the area surrounding the White House, demanding that Biden create a "Civilian Climate Corps" to address climate issues. After marching to the White House, they redeployed back to the streets-and blockaded all but one of the entrances to the White House compound usable by car The blockades were set up rapidly and precisely. Sunrise marched north out of Lafayette Square, and the march split, one component travelling East and the other...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, climate change, Sunrise Movement, Biden, Civilian Climate Corps
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On Friday, the 25th of June, Nellie's Sports Bar again had to remain closed as protesters descended on the intersection of 9th and U sts NW. A block party (including sexy dances) was held in what was made both a GLBTQ and sex worker friendly space, while Nellies missed out on the packed crowds that filled all the other bars on U st. This is the price of dragging a Black woman down the stairs on June 12 during Pride
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Black Lives Matter, No Justice No Pride, Nellie's Sports Bar
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On the 24th of June, protests against the GOP filibuster that has halted the "For the People Act" started with 42 arrests for civil disobedience at the Capitol fence, and ended in a noisy dance party protest at the home of GOP Senator Mitch McConnell. Protesters were demanding the Democrats abolish the filibuster and push through the "For the people" Federal voting rights protections without GOP cooperation. Many speakers called out the US Capitol Police for sending more...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Mitch McConnell, GOP, Dems, filibuster, voting rights, voter...
DC Direct Action News
Jun 22, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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Safety upload as a precaution against police raids on both primary and backup storate locations. The year in activism, part of what will be completed, released and publicized at the end of the year. Starts intense with the defeat of the fascist coup attempt on Jan 6, then slows down but issue oriented action heats back up.
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake
DC Direct Action News
Jun 20, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 19th of July, Juneteenth events all over DC celebrated the 1865 end of legal slavery(excluding prison labor). Speaking of the prison labor exception, one of the events was a pot and pan banging noise protest at the DC Jail. This protest stood in explicit solidarity with prisoners locked inside-and with past, present, and future jail and prison uprisings.As is normal for these protests, speakers outside the jail directly invoked past uprisings.
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Juneteenth, Black Lives Matter, jail, prison, DC Jail,...
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Jun 19, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 18th of June, protesters again descended on the 9th and U st area, at now-closed Nellie's Sports Bar. On Pride night Nellie's security dragged a Black woman down the stairs by her hair. Now they have shut down supposedly for training but probably to avoid confrontation with furious BLM protesters. This is not the first offense for Nellies. Im 2018 they flew a thin blue line flag during Police Week, drawing a boycott campaign and demands for obviously useless training. This time around,...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Nellie's Sports Bar, Black Lives Matter, Pride
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Jun 14, 2021 Chuck Modi
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Chuck Modi video from June 13 protest at Nellie's Sports bar after their security assaulted a Black woman during June 12 Pride festivities: MPD Officer S. Riley attacks protesters on the sidewalk
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Black Lives Matter, Nelllie's Sports Bar, Capitol Pride, No...
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Jun 14, 2021 Chuck Modi and Nee Nee Tay
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Video is two Chuck Modi interviews at the protest outside Nellie's on June 13, followed by Nee Nee Tay's video of the brutal security guard assault on a Black woman attempting to patronize Nellie's on June 12. On the evening of the June 12 main Pride events, security at so-called Gay bar Nellie's Sports Bar claimed to see a Black woman drink an outside beverage. They responded by brutally dragging her down the stairs by her hair-as a camera rolled. One patron intervened against the security...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Nellie's Sports Bar, Pride, Black Lives Matter
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Jun 13, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 12th of June, Pride returned to DC with a vengeance. Well into the afternoon, some fundamentalist Christians and two anti-trans extremists attempted to counterprotest Pride, only to taste that vengeance as the crowd reported began pushing them away. Cops swarmed into the area and an ambulance was seen. In the end, the cops extracted the religious and anti-trans extremists without seeking to make arrests. Eventually the religious extremists threw in the towel and left the area, conceding...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Pride, Capitol Pride
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On the 6th of June, bicycle racing returned to Arlington as the Clarendon Cup ran again after being cancelled in 2020 along with most other sporting events due to the pandemic. It is the widespread use of covid vaccines that made this event possible. In addition to the obvious results of mass vaccination, several lessons were on display as the race progressed: The most obvious was the importance of solidarity, as breakaways off the front of the pack were reeled in one after another, which is...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Clarendon Cup, bicycle racing, vaccination
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Jun 8, 2021 Unicorn Riot and Giniw Collective
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On June 7, 2021,  the massive Treaty People Gathering of water protectors took over and shut down an Enbridge contruction site for the Line 3 tar sands pipeline. At one point a Customs and Border Patrol helicopter usually seen over George Floyd protests attempted to drive off protesters by flying just off the ground to blow dust. The attack failed and the helicopter crew gave up. A similar attack by the National Guard on George Floyd protesters in Washington DC on June 1 2020 generated...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Enbridge, Line 3, CBP, Treaty People Gathering
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Jun 7, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 5th of June, protesters demanded MPD be defunded and money be spent instead on the community. They started on BLM Plaza with a go-go concert that drew a substantial crowd, the marched to the Fraternal Order of Police and blocked off the area in front of it for speeches.
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, defund police, Black Lives Matter
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Jun 2, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the first of June, protesters gathered in front of the DC Housing authority to march on the home of councilmember Anita Bonds. Activists were there to demand at least a two-year rent freeze with cancellation of back rent due to the pandemic. Across the street from DCHA, low income apartments burned as firefighters gave their all to battle the blaze. This while activists hope to douse the flames of gentrification and displacement. Anita Bonds already had a Black Lives Matter Plaza street sign...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, DC Housing Authority, DC Councilmember Anita Bonds, affordable...
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May 30, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 29th of May, the National March 4 Palestine built up at the Lincoln Memorial before filling several blocks of Constitution Ave with marchers. The march ended between the White House and the Washignton Monument, demanding sanctions against Israel for their aggression against the Palestinians. The Israeli government was compared at the march to the former apartheid regime in South Africa, a comparison that has been widely made for many years. As this protest took place, a cease fire was...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Palestine, National March for Palestine
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On the 24th of May (two days before Amazon's annual general meeting), protesters showed up at major Amazon stockholder Blackrock. They brought with them a list of socially responsible votes on Amazon's corporate policies, and attempted to deliver it to Blackrock. Bike cops refused to let protesters in the building but eventually let them post the demands on the wall, possibly to avoid escalation.
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Amazon, labor, sweatshops
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May 19, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 18th of May, protesters took to the streets globally to stand in solidarity with a general strike called by Palestinians thoughout Occupied Palestine. One of these protests began at the Israeli Embassy in DC. Marchers from there took over and closed Connecticut Ave, burned an Israeli flag, stopped on the bridge over Rock Creek for Prayers, and took Lafayette Sq for the first time since Summer 2020. There is talk now in Palestine of a 3ed Intifada(uprising). Some of those who marshalled...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Israel, Palestine, 3ed Intifada, Israeli Embassy
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May 16, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 15th of May, one of the global Nakba(catastrophe) marches marking the 73ed anniversary of the start of the occupation of Palestine took place in DC. The march went right up to the Capitol fence. Included in the march was a mock tank, which was taken quite close to the fence.It is in the US Capitol that decisions are made about how much military aid to send to the Israeli government. Whatever position one takes on the settlement of individual land claims and right of return to the area,...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Nakba, Palestine, Israel
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May 13, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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Suddenly it's 1979! On the 12th of May, Maryland shared in an East and S US gasoline shortage that may be a taste of things to come-or a flashback to 1979. Over the weekend,a ransomware attack forced Colonial Pipeline to shut down the distribution pipeline that supplies half of all liquid fuels to the South and East US. On Wednesday, gas stations ran out just as the pipeline was resuming operation. There were two factors to this: the pipeline shutdown itself, and the "gasoline zombie"...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, gas lines, no gas, fuel crisis, pipeline
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May 13, 2021 Alejandro Alvarez
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Video is two Alejandro Alvarez videos from the May 11 march from the Dept of State to the White House. The first shows the crowd on Constitution Ave, the second shows the mock tank set up at 16th and H just S of where DC Mayor Bowserof where Mayor Bowser paved over the Black Lives Matter Plaza murel. On the 11th of May , a massive protest including a mock tank repurposed from a Colombia rally took to the streets to protest Israel's proposed evictions in Jerusalem and the spiraling violence that...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Israel, Palestine
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May 8, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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Video by Wyatt Reed, screen capture from Twitter post. Twitter is attempting to interfere with downloads or using a "difficult" format, but cannot block screen capture. Sometime on May 7, unknown activists redecorated the home of the Colombian Ambassador in Washington DC. The paintwork was in solidarity with hard-pressed protesters in Colombia, who have been shot at by police seeking to halt the popular mobilization against the US backed regime there. At least 26 protesters have been...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Colombia, residential protest
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May 8, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 7th of May, Extinction Rebellion DC and other groups acting in solidarity with Anishaabe activists marched on multiple downdown branches of Wells Fargo. They dumped fake oil, rolled oil barrels and marched a giant Black Snake in the streets, and tried to give away wild rice soaked in oil. Cops didn't know only Wells Fargo was being targetted, so they blocked entry to all banks near the protests, effectively shutting them down. There were similar protests and banking shutdowns all over...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Extinction Rebellion, Line 3, Enbridge, Wells Fargo
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May 2, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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In the week prior to Mayday, a prisoner trapped in the DC Jail's dungeons died. In response, Decarcerate DC and community activists descended on the jail shortly after nightfall on Mayday for another noise demo and teach-in. Part of the teach-in was about the Attica Uprising, a repeat of which is one of the greatest fears of any jailer or warden.
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May 2, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On Saturday, May 1, DC's annual Mayday march began at its traditional Malcolm X Park gathering point and marched to the White House, ending on H st due to the fence still blocking off most of Lafayette Square. It was the 2013 iteration of this same march that so famously stormed the GOP over the Rana Plaza sweatshop building collapse in Bangladesh. One of the chants was the usual "if we don't get it shut it down!" In and only in the past year, it has not been unusual in more militant...
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May 2, 2021 Alejandro Alvarez
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On Mayday, May 1, Biden's 101st day in office, Movimiento Cosecha marched between and rallied at Black Lives Matter Plaza(focussed on the White House), ICE headquarters, and the Washington Monument. Undocumented migrants travelled by bus from as long as 12 hours away to take part in this protest demanding citizenship. Video originally published on Twitter by Alejandro Alvarez
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In his first 100 days in office, Biden has taken only one substantiative action to reverse Trump's racist immigration policies: stopping wall construction. Children are still being held in cages and deportations are accelerating. In response, on April 30(Biden's 100th day), Movimiento Cosecha blocked the main car access to the White House for hours before absorbing 33 reported arrests. Video originally published on Twitter by Movimiento Cosecha
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Apr 26, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 24th of April, Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets nationally to demand that police departments and policing be abolished. It's not enough to convict a single cop for murder when more mostly young Black and Brown people are being shot and otherwise killed by cops every day. One of these protests was in DC, and during this protest it was pointed out that 1 in 3 Black people killed by a stranger is killed by a cop. As has been usual, bike cops swarmed around the protest . Two...
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Full HD version of video During WWI, Turkish forces murdered an estimated 1.5 million Armenians. To this day Turkey denies this genocide. On the 24th of April, 2021 the United States formally recognized this crime as a genocide. Furious, Erdogan 's Turkish Embassy and Ambassador's residence hosted a rally denying the genocide ever took place. The rally and all those cops tied up a lot of street space, though the number of actual participants was small. It would be interesting to determine if...
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Apr 26, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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During WWI, Turkish forces murdered an estimated 1.5 million Armenians. To this day Turkey denies this genocide. On the 24th of April, 2021 the United States formally recognized this crime as a genocide. Furious, Erdogan 's Turkish Embassy and Ambassador's residence hosted a rally denying the genocide ever took place. The rally and all those cops tied up a lot of street space, though the number of actual participants was small. It would be interesting to determine if any fugitives from the May...
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On April 22, Earth Day 2021, Power Shift showed up at the Dept of State backing up Gulf Coast residents protesting oil and gas export-and the nearly 200 export pipelines rammed through their homelands. With the State Department supporting oil and gas export (under Biden as under Trump), perhaps they should change their name to the "Dept of Snake," for serving up so many Black Snake pipelines. Before the die-in, speaker after speaker denounced the sacrifice of the lives of Gulf Coast...
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Apr 22, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On Earth Day, April 22,Extinction Rebellion DC marched 20 wheelbarrels full of cow manure (literal bullshit) as close to the White House as they could get it and dumped it. XRDC was protesting the usual too little, too late climate policies pushed by Biden as by most politicians who don't deny the problem entirely. Extinction Rebellion DC released this statement afterwards: "We've elected another president who can't understand basic science" "Just like rearranging deckchairs on...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Earth Day, bullshit, manure, climate change
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Apr 21, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the day before Earth Day,climate protesters showed up at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building. People from Sunrise MOCO, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, 350MOCO, and Extinction Rebellion MOCO were there, calling out Erlich's ongoing efforts to delay climate action to death. This statement was issued by organizers: "County Executor Elrich has doubled down on his inaction, telling young people that doing what is necessary to save our futures, on the timeline we need to, is...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Earth Day, climate change, climate action
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Apr 21, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 20th of April, the verdict came back in Derek Chauvin's case for murdering George Floyd: GUILTY on all counts. As he was led away to jail to await sentencing, celebrations broke out coast to coast. DC's Black Lives Matter plaza was no exception. Music played, people cheered, and a groups of bicyclists came through. Had Chauvin walked this would have gotten quite rough instead. There is not one chance Chauvin would have been convicted without the video shot by a bystander-or without the...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Black Lives Matter, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin
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Apr 18, 2021 Black House News
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On the 17th of April, the second of three DC marches for Duante Wright and others murdered by police made a beeline to Union Station from their stepoff, and covered it with anti-facist graffiti upon arrival. With Chauvin's trial about to end in MN and huge protests expected, the question of what to do with statues of racist murderers is now back on the table. As marchers dispersed and many had already left, bike cops suddenly attacked and arrested three people. Video is Black House News video...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Black House News, Columbus, statues, police brutality, Black...
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On the 17th of April. a large and furious crowd gathered at BLM Plaza for a march against the police murders of Duante Wright, George Floyd (whose killer may be acquitted in days), and so many more. Wealthy diners were confronted and in one incident a powerful firework landed in or near them. Later, as the march descended on MPD's 3D headquarters, cops began shoving protesters and at least one arrest was reported. Some of the atmosphere as fireworks went off and cops went out of their way to...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Duante Wright, George Floyd, Black Lives Matter
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Apr 13, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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Police in the suburbs of Minneapolis killed another young Black man on the 11th of April, Duante Wright. He was pulled over for an air freshener dangling from his car mirror, cops escalated and in the end he was shot and murdered. Fighting erupted that night in MN, and on the 12th of April marchers took to the streets in DC in solidarity. Unlike similar marches in 2020, cops kept their distance and seemed to run from the marchers at times. Much of the night it rained, and possibly for that...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Duante Wright, #DuanteWright, BLM, Black Lives Matter
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Apr 12, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 11th of April, a noisy, pot-and-pan banging protest at DC Jail demanded that prisoners be released. The indefinate delays of trials due to COVID-19 was cited as making pretrial detention and felony holds on bail unconstitutional (speedy trial). This was combined with a teach-in on the Lucasville (Ohio) prison uprising of 1993, where many gangs combined and rose in revolt for 11 days.
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Apr 4, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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(security note: The marchers have been kept out of this video to prevent identification of participants) On the 3ed of April, anti-capitalist activists combined with La Raza DC to organize a night march demanding nothing less than the total abolition of ICE. The march went through dining areas, getting cheers from many but jeers from the wealthy. Large numbers of bike cops shadowed the march but made no attempts at snatch-and-grab arrests or kettles. Marchers were protected by shield walls...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, ICE, abolish ICE, migration, immigration, dining
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On the first of April, Lakota, Anishabe, and other Indigenous activsts from the frontlines of such pipeline fights as DAPL, Enbridge Line 3, and many others gathered at the US Army Corps of Engineer. From there they marched a hundreds of feet long rendition of the Black Snake of prophecy to the White House, where two tripod sitters waited. On arrival, the "Black Snake Killaz" went to work. Most video mine, except the high shot of Black Snake being "killed" which is from...
Topics: dcdirectactionnnews, Iron Snowflake, DAPL, Line 3, MVP, Enbridge, pipelines, Indigenous, Black Snake
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Mar 30, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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Video features speaker  dissecting US Embassy's "don't come over" tweet in context of US racism and interference in Haiti As Haiti's President attempts to stay in power beyond the end of his term (Trump-style), the US as always is supporting all efforts to keep wages down and multinational garment factories (e.g Hanes Underwear) profitable. On the 29th of March, major protests against plans to replace Haiti's constitution were supported by a solidarity protest at the US Dept of...
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Mar 28, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 27th of March, Extinction Rebellion-DC first took a mock pipeline/Black Snake into Chase Bank, then dumped mock "oil" on the sidewalk outside the bank.Chase Bank, like Citibank and Bank of America (also called out on March 27) is a major funder of Enbridge, builder of the "Line 3 replacement" pipeline threatening to destroy Chippewa land in Minnesota.
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Extinction Rebellion, Chase bank, Line 3, Enbridge
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Mar 27, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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(video features  tenant organizer telling of Ms Woodner's expensive horses and art shows) On the 26th of March, tenants of the Woodner, the Oaklawn, and other Van Metre properties protested in front of their buildings demanding back rent and rent be cancelled in the face of the majority of tenants losing their jobs to the COVID-19 pandemic. While tenants starve, Ms Woodner rides $100,000 horses and sponsors art shows! As organizers spoke, more than once the words "rent strike" were...
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Mar 26, 2021 Extinction Rebellion MoCo
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Audio is of Marc Elrich agreeing to make specific proposals before the Montgomery County Council: "I will give you a list" at end of recording. He will be held to this promise On the 24th of March, student climate activists showed up at Montgomery County executive Marc Elrich's house, demanding the County replace a verbose but useless climate "action" plan with on-the-ground, real policy changes. A stay-behind team from XR-MoCo confronted him after the protest as he tried to...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, climate change, Extinction Rebellion
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Mar 25, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 24th of March, student climate activists showed up at Montgomery County executive Marc Elrich's house, demanding the County replace a verbose but useless climate "action" plan with on-the-ground, real policy changes. (Video is of this protest only) Shortly after this protest (not on video), a stay-behind team from XR-MoCo confronted him after the protest as he tried to enter his car-and he agreed to present a list of specific proposals to the Council before March 31. It may...
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On the 22nd of March, pot-and-pan banging protesters marched on the home of a member of Arlington's Board of Supervisers. They were demanding a total and complete end to ALL cooperation with ICE by Arlington Police, courts, and the Sheriff. The targeted politician responded to the story of a man being arrested, turned over to ICE, and deported after a traffic accident with seemingly an hour of bullshit. It is rare for the target of a home demo to come out and speak with protesters, so the...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, ICE, immigration, residential protest, Arlington
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Mar 22, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 21st of April, protesters responding to the March 16 murders in Atlanta filled McPherson Square before marching first to Black Lives Matter Plaza, then to the famous Chinatown arch. Video is interview with a participant linking the Atlanta murders and rising anti-Asian hate to attacks on other people of color. The shooting spree culminates a year of rising anti-Asian hate crimes as white supremacists exploit the covid pandemic.
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Mar 13, 2021 Chuck Modi
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On the 1 year anniversary of Breonna Taylor's murder by Louisville, KY cops, Streets Calling Bike Club held a 6 mile memorial ride for her. The ride was jointly held with the Saturday Night Bike Club.The six miles were one mile for each of the shots fired by the police that stormed her apartment and opened fire in a drug raid aimed at someone else. The bike ride is the first of two street protests on March 13 2021 in DC. In addition, another protest is scheduled to march from BLM Plaza at...
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Mar 13, 2021 Ford Fischer
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On the 12th of March, Anishinaabe and other Indigenous activists protested Enbridge's Line 3 "replacement" pipeline all over the US. They were backed up by climate and anti-pipeline activists. One of these protests was in Washington DC at the headquarters of the US Army Corps of Engineers, without whose permit the pipeline cannot be built. Enbridge's Line 3 project is NOT the one for one replacement of an aging pipeline Enbbridge bosses present it as. Instead it is a major capacity...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Enbridge Line 3
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Mar 9, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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The Monday, March 8 DC International Women's Day rally by Spaces in Action prominantly featured the demand for "one fair wage" at $15 an hour. The centerpiece of the rally featured the slogan "fight don't starve." The GOP has been going all-out to block minumum wage increases and is crying buckets about covid relief bills that ask anyone other than individual workers to pay the record costs of the pandemic. Showing the disgusting exploitative roots of that attitude, some of...
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Mar 8, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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Safety upload of what at the end of the year become the year-end overview video. The brutal fighting on and around Jan 6, the peaceful Inauguration of Biden as Trump flies away to Miami after his failed coup attempt(as they all do...), followed by a huge vacuum that conceals the looking fight over pipelines such as Enbridge Line 3, DAPL, etc
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Mar 3, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 3ed of March, students and youth backed by other climate activists gathered in Rockville to protest Mongomery County's watered-down draft "climate action plan." The plan posits an 83% not 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emission-and not until 2035, well after climate chaos has become irreversible Protesters denounced the draft plan as "vague, unactionable, has few details and no timeline, and stops at an 83% emissions reduction, not even following through on its stated...
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Feb 26, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 25th of February, the "Real People Real Relief" rally demanded Congress pass a covid relief bill that benefits working class people, migrants, and people of color. A key demand was that the $15 an hour minimum wage NOT be dropped from the bill. The event climaxed with a symbolic march to the razor-wire topped fence around the US Capitol. A repeat of the "paycheck protection act" that disappears into a CEO pay and stock dividend sinkhole won't be enough.
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, COVID, covid relief, minimum wage
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Feb 18, 2021 Black House News
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(Video originally posted to Twitter by Black House News (@BlackHouseNew) Between Jan 20 and Feb 15 2021, over 26,000 people have been deported in defiance of Obama's supposed deportation freeze. Haitians and other Black migrants seem to have been especially targetted. On President's Day (Feb 15th), migrant and BLM activists gathered on Black Lives Matter Plaza, demanding Biden keep his promises to halt ALL (not some) deportations. Biden's supposed deportation freeze was shot through with...
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On the 6th of February, a Montgomery County sheriff's deputy shot and killed MD resident Kevin Costlow. On Fed 14, activists organized by tye Silver Coalition showed up in front of the main MoCo courthouse, demanding that police and sheriff's departments be defunded. As the protest was about to wrap up, one of Kevin Costlow's neighbors showed up with a statement for protesters to read out over the PA
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Feb 12, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 11th of Feb, a "Build Back Fossil Free" march demanded new President Biden order the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to halt operation and cancel Enbridge's Line 3 that trespasses on Ojibwa land. Other demands included cancelling all other Federal support for fossil fuel infrastructure and supporting renewables instead. A billboard truck was part of the protest, showing stirring video from the 2016 fight in Standing Rock that had DAPL stopped until Trump took office. That story...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, DAPL, Enbridge Line 3, pipelines, fracking, fossil fuels, Biden
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On the 9th of February, the Standing Rock Youth Council challenged activists to run any distance in solidarity with their 93 mile winter relay run from Timber Lake to Cannonball River, where the No DAPL camps of 2016 were located. DC's own Luke rose to the challenge, supporting the national campaign to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dakota Access Pipeline is at this time operating illegally, as their Trump-accelerated operating permit was voided by a Federal court. With Trump out of...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, DAPL, Dakota Access Pipeline, Standing Rock, Enbridge, Line 3
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Feb 7, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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They/Them's weekly "FTP" march on Feb 6 ran into a police response that may have been capable of stopping the Jan 6 Fascist assault on the Capitol. On 18th between S and T streets, cops set bike lines trapping the protest. The north line moved out when protesters advanced towards it, but made it plain one command from a whiteshirt and protesters would have had to fight their way out. Later in the march, a police commander was overheard telling bike cops to "push through" on...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, FTP, ACAB, police harassment, BLM
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Jan 31, 2021 Black House News
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https://twitter.com/blackhousenew/status/1355677343482867715?s=20 https://twitter.com/blackhousenew/status/135567734348286fff7715?s=20 Police reaction to the They/Them "Fuck the Police" march on Jan 30th was a stark contrast to the utter lack of police attention paid to the Jan 29 Patriot Front fascist march just the day before. Hordes of bike cops menaced the march, people were harassed trying to go home afterwards, and there were repeated physical incidents though no apparent...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, FTP, ACAB, BLM, Black Lives Matter
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Jan 30, 2021 Lydia Pillis
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On the 29th of January, dangerous white supremacists returned to DC, marching on the Mall carrying an explicity Fascist modification of the US flag. Barely two weeks after a fascist insurrection stormed the US Capitol they carried their flags on long sticks and set off smoke bombs while chanting racist slogans.There was zero police interference or harassment.
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, extreme right, fascists
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Jan 21, 2021 DC Youth Liberation Front
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DC Youth Liberation Front (DCYLF) video of incident where a group of BIPOC folks from LA were detained without reason on the way back to their cars at Biden's Inauguration.
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, police harassment, Inauguration, Inauguration 2021
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Jan 21, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 20th of January, the streets were mostly quiet as Trump quit the White House and fled to Miami with the rest of the failed coup plotters. A few brave folks celebrated in the streets but most stayed away fearing an attack from the extreme-right. The hate group "official street preachers" showed up at Union Station but was driven off by counterprotesters stripping in front of them. First a woman counterprotester stripped down to minimal clothes and confronted the "official...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, Inauguration, Inauguration 2021, Official Street Preachers,...
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Jan 20, 2021 DC Direct Action News
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On the 19th of January, fundamentalist Christian "Pizzagate" believers attempted to harass Comet Pizza (again...) only to be driven off by a loud dance party. Their slanderous chants were answered with Lady Ga-ga and other dance music, and soon a full-on dance party began. Not long after, the Fundies packed it in, tapped out, and quit the field. This was on the exact 4 year anniversary of the Posobiec/Cernovich "Deploraball," and the night after the 4 year anniversary of the...
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Jan 19, 2021 Graham Moomaw
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The 18th of January saw another armed protest in a state capitol, this time in Richmond. The annual 2nd Amendment lobby day organizers were upstaged by militia and Boogaloo Bois open carrying in defiance of Richmond's recent legislation banning firearms at protests. Two days to go to Inauguration. Video originally posted to Twitter by Graham Moonaw at https://twitter.com/gmoomaw/status/1351194419588980737?s=20
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On the 15th of January, police agencies began fencing off large parts of downtown DC as they usually do for an Inauguration. In addition, large numbers of armed National Guard troops began showing up in the city. They are intended to protect Biden's Inauguration from armed Trump supporters and outright neo-Nazis, assuming they don't change sides themselves. as of Jan 16, some areas close to the Mall are already behind bag search/metal detector checkpoints, and a larger area has it's perimeter...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, civil war II, National Guard, Inauguration, Biden Inauguration
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On the 13th of January, the House voted to impeach Donald Trump for a 2nd time. Outside protesters held giant banners demanding that members of Congress who supported the Jan 6 coup attempt be expelled in addition to Trump. Large numbers of cops trailed them, and at at least one point made threats of arrest. Video is Shut Down DC's footage of huge numbers of cops following as they begin to withdraw from the US  Capital area. The fortress surrounding it was not there on Jan 6, and there is...
Topics: dcdirectactionnews, Iron Snowflake, coup attempt, Trump, Trump coup, Inauguration 2021